In September, I went a little crazy with the book buying. I have no excuse. But I do really want to read all of these books, so it’s okay. And, since I’ve been writing this post for hours at this point, I’ll just get into it. Keep reading to see all the books I bought in the month of September!
1. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena. I have been in the mood for a thriller, so when I saw that this was one of the picks for Book of the Month Club, I jumped on it. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m planning to soon!
2. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Earlier this year, I was on a roll with historical fiction, and loved most of the books I read. I’ve been having trouble getting back into the genre. I also got this from Book of the Month (I have issues picking just one book each month), and I think it might be a nice winter read.
3. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer. I was on the fence about this one, but I ultimately decided to pick it up when I saw it was one of the selections from Book of the Month. I’ve really enjoyed other memoirs by female comedians/actors, and I love Amy Schumer, so really, it was a matter of time before I got this one.
4. A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I’ve been thinking about giving Dickens another chance (I’ve discussed my dislike for his writing before), and I found this beautiful bindup at a discount, so it was a good excuse.
5. The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner. I have, but have not read, the first book in this series, The Thief. I’ve heard great things, and I’m sure I’ll like it, so I didn’t want to pass this up for $3.
6. Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse. Hesse is one of those classics authors that catches my eye whenever I see his books, even though I don’t know much about him. Again, I picked this up because I found a cool edition for a huge discount.
7-9. A Natural History of Dragons, The Tropic of Serpents, and Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan. I’ve discovered that I really love the books Victoria Schwab gives five stars on Goodreads. This series has been on my list, and I saw the first three on BookOutlet in hardcover, so I picked them up (one of them was only $1.49!).
10. The Art of the Novel by Milan Kundera. I’ve been collecting these kinds of books lately, because, as I attempt to write my own novel, I find myself looking for advice from great writers.
11. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera. And because I haven’t yet read a book by Kundera, I got this, too.
12. Island by Aldous Huxley. I still haven’t read Brave New World – I’ll get to it eventually – but I saw this and was really intrigued! It’s about an island in the Pacific that has flourished peacefully for 120 years, and how the surrounding world isn’t exactly happy about it.
13. How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran. I listened to this as an audiobook this earlier in the year and really enjoyed it, and when I saw it on sale, I thought I’d add it to my shelves.
14. Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World by Aja Raden. I have no idea when I first saw this book, but it caught my eye a while ago, and I’ve really wanted to read it since. It was on BookOutlet for a 60% off, so I finally got it. I don’t know why I’m so intrigued by this book, but I’m excited to flip through it.
15. The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston. This has something to do with an artist, a Celtic witch, and the strange connection between them. It’s been a while since I’ve read anything like this, and it looked interesting, so I thought I’d pick it up.
16. The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor. I read a Flannery O’Connor short story for my short fiction writing course a few months ago, and wanted to explore more. So when I saw this collection, for a discount, it came home with me.
17. Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama. I have been wanting to read one of Obama’s books for a while, and when I saw Whitney from Brown Books and Green Tea really enjoyed this one, I decided to pick it up. Basically, if she likes a book, it immediately gets added to my TBR, so you should go check her out, because she has great taste!
18. Ripper by Isabel Allende. I also read a short story by Allende for my fiction class, and was looking to read more of her writing, because I really enjoyed it. When I saw this one, I knew I needed it, because I did my undergrad thesis on Jack the Ripper and I have a bit of an obsession.
19. Burn this Book by Toni Morrison. This is a book of short essays by PEN writers about the power of words, which sounds really interesting.
20. Armada by Ernest Cline. Ready Player One is one of my favorite books EVER, so I decided to finally pick up this one, because, even though it hasn’t gotten amazing reviews, I still need to read it.
21. Home is Burning by Dan Marshall. This one caught my eye because it’s the memoir of a young man whose mother has cancer. I went through something similar a few years ago (my dad is in remission now), so I thought it would be an interesting read.
22. The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water by Charles Fishman. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know I’ve been trying to read more nonfiction, and this one caught my eye. I’m very interested in the environment, and have been trying to read more about it, so I thought this would be a good choice.
23. The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra. I picked up Marra’s A Constellation of Vital Phenomena at a used bookstore at the beginning of the year, and, while I haven’t been in the mood for it yet, I did read a few pages and enjoyed his writing, so I decided to get this one as well when I saw it on sale. How great are his titles?
24. The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. I’ve had my eye on a certain edition of Ulysses for about a year, and when I saw this one on sale in a matching edition, I decided to pick it up. I can get Ulysses later…
25. What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund. This is another nonfiction book that sounds incredibly interesting, because it’s all about how we visualize images from words while we read. This one’s on my immediate TBR.
26. Girl at War by Sara Novic. I’ve heard a lot about this one lately. I picked it up because it sounds like a great read. It’s about a girl who lived through the civil war in Yugoslavia in 1991, and now has to deal with the longterm effects it’s had on her as she starts a new life in New York.
27. Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner. When I went through my Kennedy phase a year or so ago, I read a lot about the FBI (Hoover really didn’t like the Kennedys), but I’ve read very little about the CIA. I like that this is the history of the CIA – because obviously, they can’t publish anything about the current CIA – and I think it will be an interesting read. (Have I used the word interesting enough in this post?)
28. Ask the Passengers by A. S. King. Another book I was on the fence about, but ultimately decided to pick up. I like the idea that it’s kind of magical realism, but also young adult and features a lesbian main character.
29. Area X (the Southern Reach Trilogy) by Jeff VanderMeer. I’ve been curious about the series for a while, but it has very mixed reviews, so I wasn’t sure I wanted to pick it up. However, I recently saw that Patrick Rothfuss gave this five stars on Goodreads, so when the bind-up was on Book Outlet for under $10, I decided to go for it.
30. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell. When I went to an event with David Mitchell a few years ago, this was the book everyone kept saying was their favorite. It was only a few dollars on sale, so I thought I’d get a copy because I need to read more of his books.
31. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. I didn’t know this was nonfiction when I picked it up, but that worked out because now I can read a murder mystery as my nonfiction book for October.
32. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I’ve had The Shadow of the Wind on my TBR for a while now, and a friend who has read both said this one is better, so I decided I’d pick it up, even though I haven’t read the other yet.
33 Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel. I loved Station Eleven, but haven’t read any of her books since. The synopsis of this one is a bit confusing, to be honest, but I don’t care because I love her writing so much I’ll read anything.
34. About Grace by Anthony Doerr. I read All the Light We Cannot See earlier this year and LOVED it, so I when I saw that Doerr’s first book was on Book Outlet, I decided to get a copy.
35. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson. I’ve been getting more into YA lately, and I’ve heard wonderful things about this one. I like that it’s historical and fantasy. Hopefully it’s a fun read.
36. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I’ve read one book by Leigh Bardugo, but I already love her and love her writing. As of writing this, I’m currently reading Seige & Storm (finally), because I need to finish the series and move on to this one. I haven’t read Six of Crows yet, but I know I’ll love it, so I preordered anyway. I need the matching first editions!
I know this was kind of a huge haul. Hopefully I’ll be able to restrain myself for the rest of the year.
What books did you pick up in September? What are you most excited about?